A GROUP of wounded soldiers have returned from Afghanistan only to put their bodies back on the line in a gruelling 1000-kilometre kayaking trek from Sydney to Brisbane.
The soldiers spent a much-needed rest day at Shoal Bay yesterday after leaving Darling Harbour on Saturday for the 21-day journey to Brisbane.
The inaugural Mates4Mates Sea Kayak Adventure aims to help wounded and ill defence personnel rebuild their life skills and emotional resilience.
Mates4Mates rehabilitation manager Ricky Dumigan said friendship was key to motivating the soldiers as they helped one another during the eight to 10 hours spent each day on the water.
He said the soldiers explored Shoal Bay and walked the waterfront to D’albora, to re-enter the water at 7am today.